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Myriophyllum mattogrossense

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Definitely the easiest of all Myriophyllum present in the aquaristic – this species grows well even without introducing CO2, which however becomes necessary in case of intense light.

The color varies from dark green to a pale red, based on the intensity of the light, but the phenomenon only affects the most exposed leaves.

Natural distribution: Bolivia, Brazil West-Central, Ecuador, Peru

Submitted by
Benedetta Spelta
GPS
3.5537050, -71.3921432
Geographical region
South America
Drainage Basin
Rio Orinoco
River catchment
Rio Meta, Rio Guaviare
Water body type
Wetland
Water body name
Nameless
Water body part
Pool
Water body course
Water body: tributary of
Tributary name
Type locality
Matto Grosso, Amazonas
Conservation status/IUCN Red List
Not Evaluated (NE)
Listed in CITES
No

Water Chemistry

Water information

Water type
Fresh water
Water color
Clear water
Water transparency
High
Concentration of sediments
Low
Water temperature
21-28 °C
Water flow/curent
Slow

Chemical parameters

pH
6-7
Conductivity
GH
6-12 mg/l
KH
Dissolved Oxygen

Phytology

Plant form
Emersed
Plant type
Stem
Plant size
normally up to 30 cm
Plant growth rate
Fast
Plant light demand
Low
CO2
Low
Aquarium equipment

The feather-like stems of Myriophyllum mattogrossense are very decorative, 30-60 cm long, with finely divided bright green leaves up to 5 cm wide. In good light conditions the leaves spread out like a fan.

Myriophyllum mattogrossense is a relatively easy to grow plant, grows fast and is suitable for background. It must be pruned frequently to maintain its bushy shape.

Plant care

This aquatic plant adapts to different light conditions, changing its appearance and its growth rate.

Water care

Myriophyllum mattogrossense feels best in soft and rather acidic waters. If the pH drops below 6.5 it absorbs large amounts of nutrients.

The temperature must never drop below 20°C, we recommend between 24 and 28. For limited periods it also resists 30-32°C.